Fabian Demicoli

Safety of bicycles

Key points in text of new Proposal

European Standards pursuant to the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) shall meet the specific safety requirements for bicycles, bicycles for young children, and luggage carriers for bicycles which are set out in the Annex to the Draft Commission Decision. Standards dealing with the above mentioned products will be drafted with the aim of meeting the safety requirements set out in the draft Commission Decision.

 

Background

The harmonised standards dealing with City and Trekking Bicycles, Mountain-Bicycles, Racing Bicycles and Luggage carriers for bicycles will be revised and the new standards will meet the requirements set out in the draft Commission Decision.

European standard EN 14765:2005+A1:2008 specifies safety requirements and test methods for bicycles for young children, which are excluded from the scope of the Toys Safety Directive. A mandate will be produced following the publication of the Draft Commission Decision so as to be able to publish the reference to this standard in the Official Journal of the European Union. As soon as it is published, bicycles for young children which are excluded from the scope of the Toys Safety Directive and which are in compliance with this standard will be presumed to conform to the General Product Safety Directive and therefore to be safe.

Dates

Feedback to be received by the 24th May 2011

Contacts

Comments to be sent to the Regulatory Affairs Directorate, on-

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